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Cops: NY Woman Harassed Toddler With Rare Disorder

Krista Sewell is accused of stalking 2-year-old Anna, who has condition that makes her skin split

(Newser) - "Over the past year, I have fought a battle I never thought I would fight and I felt fear no mother should feel," says Jennie Riley. The battle the upstate New York mom refers to is that of a harassment campaign against her toddler, allegedly carried out by... More »

Woman Who Climbed Into Lion's Den: 'I Am the Lion Now'

Myah Autry is in custody on trespassing charges after stunt at Bronx Zoo went viral

(Newser) - A woman who climbed into a lion's exhibit at New York City's Bronx Zoo in September has turned herself in to police. The Asbury Park Press reports that Myah Autry, said to be in her early 30s, has been charged with criminal trespassing after being taken into custody... More »

Appeals Court Rejects Trump Assertion of Immunity

But president's attorneys plan to appeal to Supreme Court in fight over tax returns

(Newser) - President Trump ran into another legal setback Monday in efforts to keep his tax returns out of the hands of criminal investigators in New York. A federal appeals court declared that Trump's accountant must turn over the returns to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.... More »

Upstate NY Museum 'Upset' to Discover Painting's Origin

A Nazi-looted painting stolen from Jewish family somehow ended up at the Arkell Museum

(Newser) - A painting stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family in the year Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany has been found hiding in plain sight: on the wall of a museum in upstate New York. US industrialist Bartlett Arkell bought the painting—Winter by American artist Gari Melchers—... More »

Trump's Name Scrubbed From NYC Ice Rinks

Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink have been run by his organization since 1980s

(Newser) - For years, skaters at a pair of ice rinks in Manhattan's Central Park have been surrounded by the Trump name. Now, no longer. The official names of the New York rinks are Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink, but Donald Trump started running them in the 1980s, at which point... More »

Missing West Point Cadet Found Dead

Kade Kurita, 20, hadn't been seen since Friday

(Newser) - West Point cadet Kade Kurita didn't show up to a military skills competition Friday night, and he'd been missing ever since. On Tuesday night, the 20-year-old's body was found on the grounds of the New York military academy, CBS News reports. The Gardena, Calif., native's cause... More »

Cops: They Saved Meth Gear in Fire, Let Grandmother Die

Brothers charged with manslaughter in fatal May fire in upstate New York

(Newser) - Having saved their meth equipment from a burning home, two brothers went to buy cigarettes but left their 82-year-old grandmother to perish in the flames, according to authorities in upstate New York. Jarrett and Justin Gause are now facing manslaughter charges, reports WETM . Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says... More »

Farmer Says Thieves May Not Be Getting What They Think

Plants that only look like marijuana are disappearing every night, hemp farmer says

(Newser) - Hemp plants have been disappearing from Ralph Weed's farm in upstate New York. Just last week, two men were arrested after plucking 30 of his plants, state troopers said. But the thieves might be laboring under a misconception, the Times of Wayne County reports. Despite looking and smelling alike,... More »

Joker Has Created a New Tourist Attraction. Locals Aren't Happy

Fans are flocking to the Bronx to re-create a scene on the 'Joker stairs'

(Newser) - Joker is no joke at the box office, setting a record in previews and taking in nearly $250 million in the US so far. It only makes sense, then, that the film would serve as some sort of meme generator, and thanks to one pivotal scene, people are flocking to... More »

'Torture Island' Gets a Death Date

Rikers Island complex to be replaced with 4 smaller jails by 2026

(Newser) - Rikers Island's death sentence will come in 2026, according to an $8 billion plan approved by New York City lawmakers on Thursday. There are roughly 7,000 inmates currently held at the island complex in the East River, sometimes referred to as "Torture Island" or "the Guantá... More »

A Year After a Limo Crash Killed 20, a New Twist

Ex-manager at Mavis Discount Tire shop says repair records were falsified: DA letter

(Newser) - The limo that crashed last October in upstate New York, killing 20, was set to receive a new brake master cylinder in May 2018, and there was even an invoice that shows the part was put in. Turns out it wasn't, the ex-manager of a Mavis Discount Tire now... More »

Alec Baldwin Got Scammed in Statue of Liberty Tour

Actor livid after he says he and his family were tricked about tour that really went to New Jersey

(Newser) - Give us your tired, your poor, your disgruntled celebrity tourist. Although he's a native Long Islander, Alec Baldwin revealed Monday he'd been taken by what he calls a Big Apple "scam," NBC New York reports. Baldwin posted to Instagram a picture of a ticket he and... More »

They Were Sleeping on the Streets. Now, 4 Dead in Rampage

Victims believed to have been homeless; 'long metal object' recovered

(Newser) - Four men who were believed to be homeless were brutally attacked and killed Saturday in a New York City street rampage. New York Police Department Detective Annette Shelton says that a fifth man remained in critical condition Saturday after also being struck with a long metal object that authorities recovered.... More »

Feel Like Shouting 'Speak English'? Not Smart in NYC

City issues ban on discriminatory rhetoric like 'illegal alien,' threatening to call ICE to harass

(Newser) - New York City is cracking down on xenophobia, with new guidelines that ban calling people "illegal aliens" in an attempt to "demean, humiliate, or harass" them; threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to discriminate; or telling anyone to "speak English" or "go... More »

7 More Teens Charged After Boy Killed 'Over a Girl'

Khaseen Morris was only 16

(Newser) - Police said Saturday they've made seven more arrests in the murder of a teen who was stabbed while dozens of onlookers recorded video on their phones, CNN reports. Khaseen Morris, 16, was allegedly killed outside a Long Island strip mall in a confrontation with a group of teens over... More »

Students Told to Write 'Funny' Captions for Slavery Photos

New York teacher is under investigation

(Newser) - A Long Island teacher is under investigation for assigning students to write "funny" captions for images of slaves in cotton fields. The 8th graders at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, New York, were given the black and white photos and told to "write something funny" as... More »

Disturbing Development in Case of Boy Found on Porch

Burned-out vehicle with human remains was rental car driven by little Noelvin's parents

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially ... still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't... More »

First State Enacts Ban on Sale of Flavored E-Cigs

New York panel approves emergency regulation

(Newser) - New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping. The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the prohibition, which covers flavored... More »

Another State Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigs

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sharply criticized the flavors

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people, the AP reports. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the... More »

NYC Cops: We Nabbed Elderly Man Wanted for Years

Cops say octogenarian Samuel Sabatino would break into luxury apartments over summer break

(Newser) - It was the "unassuming demeanor, simple clothes, and large glasses" that police say helped the elderly man pull off his heists: more than $400,000 in jewelry and watches allegedly taken from New York City apartments over the past five years. The New York Times reports Samuel Sabatino, variously... More »

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